For Baba Segi, his collections of wives and children are signs of his virility. All runs smoothly in the polygamous home until wife number four arrives. Bolande is a soft-spoken university graduate who is quickly ostracised by her illiterate co-wives. However, she is determined to give Baba Segi the children he expects. Her failure to conceive exposes a dark family secret. This revelation has devastating consequences for the entire household. With sardonic humour, Lola Shoneyin unravels the rotten innards of this polygamous household in a cleverly-plotted story.
Don't get my wrong, I didn't only come here to get away from my mother; I came to escape the feeling of filth that followed me. If I stayed at home, I know the day would come when Mama would open my bedroom door and find the pools of blood at my wrists.
"I know the reason why Bolanle has not conceived," she continued, "and it its not one that a thousand doctors can cure. Yam cannot cook itself. It needs a careful hand that will slice it and expose it to raging heat."